A one-legged Australian performer is angry after being denied entry to two popular tourist attractions in Paris.
Roya Abdolhosini is originally from Melbourne but is now based in Belgium where she is part of the FRONTX theatre production.
She has travelled the world performing all manner of circus-style stunts and documents her adventures for a legion of online followers, from breakdancing in New York to rollerblading through the French capital.
But Abdolhosini, whose stage name is Roya the Destroya, is furious that she has been barred from both the Eiffel Tower and the city’s famed catacombs.
Alongside her angry post, Ms Abdolhosini shared a selfie of herself outside the entrance to the catacombs — a series of underground chambers filled with skulls and bones — flipping the bird.
Ms Abdolhosini was a finalist for the Pride of Australia medal in 2014 and told the Herald Sun that she rarely used her prosthetic leg because it was like “carrying dead weight around”.
It was her love of gymnastics as a child that inspired her to start performing.
“I was watching soccer on TV and someone scored a goal and did a handstand and I thought I don’t care about the soccer, I just want to do that,” she said.
In an interview with the ABC, Ms Abdolhosini said she watched while larger people, children and the elderly were allowed entry to the catacombs.
“They’re just so fixed on the rules and it’s so ridiculous because it’s not like humans come in [one] exact shape, size [and] ability,” Ms Abdolhosini said.
“You can’t just give one rule for people, especially people with disabilities. That’s what made me furious.”
A spokesman for the catacombs management apologised for the way Ms Abdolhosini was treated.
“This is an unfortunate event that we deplore,” the spokesman told the ABC.
“We do not tolerate this kind of behaviour; on the contrary, we try to welcome everybody in our sites.”
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